DIGITAL PRODUCT FAQ
WHAT IS A DIGITAL PATTERN?
A digital pattern is a PDF version of the pattern that will be sent to you automatically after purchase. You will be sent a link (to the designated email address) that will give you access to a zip file that includes the pattern and instruction booklet as PDF files. You can print the pattern at home on A4 or US letter sized paper (this is the same file and is formatted to fit on either size paper), and then trim and assemble to create the full size pattern. The purchase also includes a copy shop file (A0 size) - if you would prefer to skip the assembling and take the file to a copy shop for printing.
Digital patterns can only be downloaded a maximum of 3 times. Be sure to download the pattern and save it to your computer (or storage service) so that you can use it as many times as you like.
DO I NEED A SPECIAL PRINTER TO PRINT DIGITAL SEWING PATTERNS?
No! You can print the file on any home printer and then trim and stick the pieces together to create the pattern in the correct scale. Pretty neat, right? This means that you can see a dress you like (while sitting at home drinking tea in your pyjamas), purchase it, and then be making it that very evening!
HOW DO I GET MY DIGITAL PATTERN?
When you purchase a digital product you will be given a unique URL to download your pattern from, which will be given to you after the order is processed. The URL will be displayed directly after purchase, as well as emailed to you. From there, click on the link provided to download the zip file of the pattern.
Inside the file you will find everything you need to make the pattern. Download and save the files to your hard drive (or storage device) for safe-keeping. If you can’t see where the pattern is, check the downloads file on your computer.
WHAT IS A ZIP FILE AND WHY CAN’T I OPEN IT ON MY PHONE OR TABLET?
A zip file is a file that has been compressed so it can be sent and downloaded, without taking up too much storage. In the Folds patterns are compressed into zip files, so you will need to download and open the pattern on a desktop or laptop.
HOW DO I KNOW I AM PRINTING THE PATTERN TO THE CORRECT SCALE?
Open the pattern file in a PDF viewer (Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free here). Before printing the file, you will need to check the scaling settings on your printer. You want to print the pattern at its true scale (the scale it was designed in). To do this, go into your print settings and select ‘actual size’ or set page scaling to ‘none’ or ‘turn off page scaling.’ Print only Page 1 of the pattern, and check that the large test square measures 5cm x 5cm, or the smaller one measures 1in x 1in. It really needs to be precise, so if it is not quite right, you will need to go back and check your printer settings again.
Do your sewing patterns have layers?
Yes! All In the Folds digital patterns have embedded layers. This means that you can select only the size/s you would like to print. Layers make it much less confusing to cut out the pattern, and also saves on printer ink (and paper in some cases).
To turn layers on and off, open the pattern in Adobe Reader and click on the ‘layers’ option on the left hand side. There will be an eye next to each layer in the pattern. Turn off (by clicking) all the layers* you do not need. Please note, at the time of writing, layers are not available on Preview (Mac). You will need to install Adobe Reader to access this feature.
*Please note : The ‘PATTERN INFO’ layer needs to be on for all sizes.